32 Days of Halloween Part VIII, Day 23: Gather Round the Radio, Kids…

Gathered Round the Radio

We haven’t spent a lot of time gathered around the giant radio to listen to some old-time horror. Let’s fix that, shall we? There are tons of shows to choose from. Our first stop will be The Hermit’s Cave (1930-1944), wherein The Hermit sounds like a close relation to The Crypt Keeper. We’ll listen to “Buried Alive.” Then we’ll switch over to Suspense from 1943 with “The Black Curtain,” starring Cary Grant.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:25:57+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Headsup: All About Eve, A Talking Dog and a “Young” Vampire

There’s a lot of stuff that comes out all the time, and the companies want your coin. I’m sure looking at the big pile of tempting stuff, you don’t know what’s worth buying and what isn’t. With these posts we try to take you through everything so you can make up your mind. If you find the info here to be of use, do us a favor and purchase stuff from Amazon through us. Especially if you were going to buy the stuff anyway. That gives us kickbacks, which help pay for things. Like the server. And coffee. And therapy. Thanks.

Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated Season 1, Vol. 1 DVD
Abbott and Costello Show: Who's On First
Never Let Me Go Blu-Ray

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By | 2017-09-24T22:43:24+00:00 March 6th, 2011|Headsup|0 Comments

Win An Affair to Remember on Blu-Ray!

An Affair to Remember Blu-Ray

Anything with Cary Grant works in my book, and that goes especially for An Affair to Remember, hitting Blu-Ray from Fox on February 1st. Audio commentaries, documentaries, and more in a Limited Edition Blu-Ray book packaging. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER was nominated for four Academy Awards in 1958 including Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music: Original Song and Best Music: Scoring. In this poignant and humorous love story, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lovers’ future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:44:44+00:00 January 19th, 2011|Contests|2 Comments

32 Days of Halloween III, Day 8: Topper

Cary Grant and Constance Bennett in Topper

So looking back to last year for inspiration, we had covered the trailer for Arsenic and Old Lace. And the obvious path to try to take is Cary Grant…but Cary Grant wouldn’t have done something else along those…whoa-ho-ho, not so fast! Of course! Topper!

Direct link for the feedreaders.

That’s right, Cary plays a ghost who, along with equally ghostly bride (played by Constance Bennett) decides to work on a stick in the mud, the titular character played by Roland Young.

They returned the next year with Topper Takes a Trip…or at least, everybody but Grant.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:58:55+00:00 October 7th, 2009|32 Days of Halloween|2 Comments

Top 10 Fictional Submarines

Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Ah, submarines. You’d never catch me in one. Even though I apparently took some test in high school which told the military I would be perfect for the nuclear submarine corps. Can you imagine me aboard a nuclear sub? Stop crying and hugging your children–it didn’t happen. And where I am now they won’t even let me have anything sharp. So.

Anyway, it’s probably best that we look at the subject from a fictional point of view. Here’s our Top 10 list of fictional submarines. These were chosen by the Needcoffee staff for their notoriety, their influence, their coolness, and any number of arbitrary reasons we could think of.

10. The USS Sea Tiger from Operation Petticoat. Cary Grant, Tony Curtis and a pink submarine under the direction of Blake Edwards. It had to at least place. You know it and I know it. The film’s hilarious. The Tiger gets sunk before it ever sees action, but Grant, who’s got command, refuses to let it go and decides to bring it back into service. Hijinks ensue. Especially when they take on a bunch of nurses who need a ride.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:08:27+00:00 December 19th, 2008|Stimuli|1 Comment

32 Days of Halloween II, Day 8: Arsenic and Old Lace

Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace

Yes, it’s Cary Grant in a Halloween treat: Arsenic and Old Lace. Never before has poisoning been so amusing.

What I would have loved to see is the person who created the role of Jonathan…Boris Karloff. He played Jonathan in the stage play. That must have been…ridiculously good.

Reminded that the film is in our jurisdiction by Dave Lowe’s Blog via Monster Rally.
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By | 2017-09-24T23:11:36+00:00 October 7th, 2008|32 Days of Halloween|0 Comments

Your Weekend Justice

Sloshing through the swamp of pop culture so you don’t have to. We bring you ideas for how to waste your weekend.

Of course, special thanks go out to Clutch for letting me use their absolutely badass song, “Promoter (of earthbound causes)” as my theme music for this.

Buy Blast Tyrant, which is where you can find “Promoter”. Buy their latest album, Pitchforks and Lost Needles. Send them love and coin.

BTW, you iTunes subscriber types can nab this feed here.

Or if you want to do something else with it, the feed feed is here.

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By | 2017-09-24T23:36:58+00:00 December 31st, 2006|Podcasts|0 Comments

Weekend Recommendations: Books

Each weekend, Needcoffee.com’s staff of whackos will wrack our brains to give you interesting and new things to do over the weekend. Books, movies, whatever. We’ll throw them out, you do with them what you will. And hey…if you have something you want to recommend–whatever it is–drop us a line.

Incidentally, we’ve provided links where we can for you to buy the stuff or find out more if you’re interested, courtesy of those Amazon types.

Hey, come on, we can’t be totally selfless in this, can we?

Art Book of the Week: The Art of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, edited by Brian Wood. If you haven’t read this series, then what the hell is wrong with you? Book Four is out…rejoice. And for those who have already inhaled the book and are now jonesing for Book Five, then Fantasy Flight Games has a nifty little hardcover that might help tide you over. For a few days at least. Included are a crapload of mostly excellent works of art spotlighting all the various locales and characters that make up Martin’s saga. I recognized John Howe and Charles Vess, but there’s plenty of different artists on display here, with the badass cover pic of Joffrey on the Iron Throne just the beginning. The comic strips in the back are a nice dessert treat as well. (Buy it)

Biography of the Week: Cary Grant by Marc Eliot. Cary Grant was one of the coolest men to ever live. It’s just that simple. And this biography, released in paperback by Three Rivers Press, does nothing to dispel the coolness. If anything it helps you understand what was going on under the cool: his childhood, his relationships, and the turmoil. His progression from Archibald Leash to Grant is a fascinating one and one that, once you’ve finished the tale, will simply endear him to you more. Excellent read for fans. (Buy it)

Book of the Week: How to Cheat Your Friends at Poker: The Wisdom of Dickie Richard by Penn Jillette & Mickey D. Lynn. Chazzie-nominated author Penn is back with a book that’s not really a how-to but instead a “life and times” of an accomplished card cheat. Sure there’s some advice in here, but for the most part this St. Martin’s release is a bio of a guy whose name has been changed to protect the guilty, and how he shafts people any way he can. Though there’s plenty of pointers for the bastards among you. (Buy it)

Comic Reference Book of the Week: The THUNDER Agents Companion, edited by Jon B. Cooke. This spy/superhero hybrid has probably gotten missed by a lot of folks my age. Think of it as Stormwatch: Team Achilles’ grandfather. The book is from TwoMorrows, so it’s everything you would expect: everything you’d want to know about the Wally Wood-created group, from interviews with the creative team’s members, unpublished stories, gobs of artwork and more. Catch it now before an upcoming issue of Infinite Crisis has them all revealed to be raving lunatics who shoot at puppies. (Buy it)

By | 2017-09-24T23:51:57+00:00 November 20th, 2005|Recommendations|0 Comments